Human Rights Law
• Should we outlaw extreme speech? Is there a right to pornography?
• If we suspect someone is an international terrorist can we torture them? Or detain them without trial?
• Do you have a right to die? When can the state use lethal force?
• When can the state intercept your privacy communications? Should it be allowed to do so?
• Do you have a right to demonstrate? And can you wear a mask when doing so?
These are some of the many challenging areas that human rights lawyers must grapple with. This module will focus primarily on the European Convention on Human Rights, as interpreted by the European Court of Human Rights, and by the English/British courts under the (UK) Human Rights Act. In doing so we will examine the experiences of other common law jurisdictions (USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, India and Hong Kong) to see what lessons can be learnt from their approaches to human rights guarantees.
By the end of this module it is intended that you will have a grasp of the essential elements of human rights law, and the key skills to understanding current developments in this challenging and exciting area.
This module is best suited to those studying law but those with a background in political science will find it also of interest.
Module at a Glance
|Module Title||Human Rights Law|
|Module Convenor||Dr Richard Edwards|
|Credit Value||7.5 ECTS|
|Live Sessions||10 x 1.5 Hour Sessions|
|Total Module Hours||150 Hours|
|Guided Independent Study||
Pre-Reading Before Arrival
Pre-recorded lectures and activities
Forensic and Academic debates and Interogatories – 3 x 2hr workshops – Oral feedback from lecturer and peers
750 Word Essay – written and oral feedback from lecturer
Take Home Assessment – 2250 Words – 100% of credit – Written Feedback
|Sample Pre Reading||
P. Halstead, Unlocking Human Rights, 2nd edn (Abingdon: Routledge, 2014)
|Sample Lecture Sessions||
Prohibition of Torture